Day 51-56 in the world of Sam and Dani: Luang Prabang is very different from Thailand, alot more relaxed and peaceful. The night markets were lovely and you weren''t pressured into buying things. In the evenings we would get some food then have a look around the markets before going for a few drinks either in the bars or back at the guesthouse. We decided to try some street food which ended up being a very smart move, it was lovely! You paid 5,000kip for a bowl and helped yourself to buffet style food of pasta, rice, potatoes, stir fry etc, then you would pay 10,000kip for a chicken skewer (unlike Thailand it was a proper piece of chicken) which was the best chicken we've possibly ever had.. So for a meal we paid 15,000kip which is about 1 pound (no pound symbols on these keyboards).
Laos law requires bars to close at 11.30pm so that everyone can be in their guesthouses by 12am, so if you want to carry a night on past this point you head to the bowling alley which stays open till 3am. You would think that bowling whilst drinking is dangerous, but no Laos people encourage it! Another night we thought we'd try out the local nightclub, it only stayed open until 1am and we were the only 10 white people there, worth going just to see the set up though. When we arrived back late we found the staff lay all over the place sleeping, some on the floor in reception, others on a pile of matresses outside and another asleep on top of the table with a jumper over his head!
During the days we did some sight seeing visiting some caves and waterfalls. The waterfalls were very pretty, but the caves were abit of a con. You are led to believe that you need to hire a torch before you enter due to it being so dark, what they dont tell you is that the cave is small enough for you not to need one before you reach the end wall. On the way back from the caves we stopped at a whiskey making village, tried some samples but was abit put off by the fact there were snakes and other creatures in the bottom of the bottles.
We manged to find a pool on one of the days which was reasonable (20,000kip rather than the 86,000 another hotel were trying to charge us) and that had a homemade diving board and slide, impressive huh!